John G. Messerly PhD was a member of the faculty of both the philosophy and computer science departments for many years at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of books on ethics, evolutionary philosophy, philosophy of human nature and the meaning of life, as well as over a hundred articles on philosophical, psychological, social, political, and transhumanist themes. His published work has appeared in Salon, Scientia Salon, Humanity+ Magazine, The Cambridge Companion to Piaget, Communications of the ACM, ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society, The Modern Schoolman, Southwest Philosophy Review, Philosophical Studies, The Review of Metaphysics, International Philosophical Quarterly, and the online magazine of The Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, among others.
Dr. Messerly is an Affiliate Member of the Evolution, Complexity, and Cognition Group (localized at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and an affiliate scholar of the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies. He is currently interested in how technological and cosmic evolution shed light on existential questions about death and the meaning in life. His most recent books are: The Meaning of Life: Religious, Philosophical, Transhumanist, and Scientific Perspectives (2013), Who Are We?: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific and Transhumanist Theories Of Human Nature (2015), and Philosophical Ethics: Theory and Practice (2015).